Real Madrid claimed an impressive 5-1 aggregate win over fierce rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup after a 2-0 victory on Wednesday.
Marco Asensio was included in the starting XI at the Santiago Bernabeu and needed just four minutes to open the scoring before a second from Karim Benzema on 39 minutes.
Asensio was desperately close to setting up the returning Luka Modric for an early opening goal, before hitting the back of the net himself. After picking up the ball in midfield, the flying winger took just one touch before curling an unstoppable shot past a stranded Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
Benzema headed an Asensio cross wide on 12 minutes before Luis Suarez skewed a volley wide. It was a big chance for the visitors after Lionel Messi cut it back to Suarez, only for Sergio Ramos to deny a simple tap-in.
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Chances came thick and fast for both sides as Asensio forced a solid save from Ter Stegen before Toni Kroos hit the post after being fed by Lucas Vazquez, who then rattled the crossbar on 34 minutes.
But Real were always pushing for a second and it came when Benzema turned and fired in a half-volley after neatly controlling Marcelo’s cross from the left.
Messi was close to pulling a goal back at the start of the second half with a powerful shot that was pushed onto the crossbar by Navas. The Madrid keeper then denied Suarez after he connected to a Nelson Semedo ball.
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Suarez headed a 67th minute Messi free-kick off target before another passage of play confirmed the match would not swing in Barcelona’s favour. Both Roberto and Suarez were unsuccessful when the goal was at their mercy – the Uruguayan dinking his effort off the woodwork.
Real looked to close the game out with some substitutions and time-wasting tactics, leaving Barcelona chasing the ball and unable to prevent their rivals sealing a 10th Super Cup.